It’s simply too cold to venture outside for a walk today. I had hoped I would be up for a walk anyway – the sun is shining brightly – but with a wind chill of 14 below and a predicted high of no more than 14 above, I think I will simply wait for it to get warmer over the weekend.
I was last at the Chicago Portage on January 4. Even though I was the only human there, it immediately became obvious that several others had preceded me the days before.
I always take a photograph of the statue first just to commemorate the light. And in this case, a little snow on it.
It was a fairly sunny day and not windy, so I could stand and wait for birds to pop up. But there really weren’t many. I struggled to get a halfway clear picture of one very cold-looking White-throated Sparrow.
When I did finally see some Northern Cardinals, they were too far away.
Here are a few snowy scenes. Just enough for a contrast to the shades of brown.
The sky was often undecided about sunshine or clouds.
But there were deer. Several of them.
And more footprints caught my attention.
I barely heard the woodpeckers and did not see them at all. My greeter Black-capped Chickadee was excited to see me but he wouldn’t stay still very long.
I barely captured a Dark-eyed Junco.
Before the snow and cold, Canada Geese were everywhere. On this day, I noted only four flying over.
On the way out, I heard a White-breasted Nuthatch but when I tried to find it, instead I saw a Brown Creeper. Since they don’t sound anything alike, there’s no way I could have mistaken the elusive nuthatch for a creeper or vice versa. But this is a phenomenon I have noticed on several occasions this winter, so they must be foraging in the same trees. Anyway, below are some photos of the creeper.
I have a treasure trove of some slightly older and significantly older photographs to go through and they will come in handy during this cold spell when I just can’t find the courage to brave the elements. The weather hasn’t stopped me from going out at night to swim, it has only made the outing that more surreal. But I am grateful for the opportunity to get some exercise.
Well the snow has arrived, The birds are the same. Joliet and Marquette are still pointing toward Mud Lake and the goal of Lake Michigan. But, the cold has descended on us with a vengeance. Stay warm.
Thanks, Bob. I’m amazed at all the hardy birds at my feeders this morning in the yard. We should all have down feathers. 🙂
I like to see tree creepers. We have them here but I find them very difficult to spot.
I have seen many more this fall-winter than ever before, although that could have more to do with the fact that I have been out more often.
It is true that you cannot see if you are not looking. Mrs T often remarks to me when I say that something is more common this year that I wasn’t looking properly last year and she may be right.
But there is always some truth to what you are saying. As much as I have been out noticing creepers I have hardly seen certain other species I expect for this time of year. Birds move, and climate change is affecting their migrations.
I agree about that.
Nice sightings, Lisa! I’m intrigued with Brown Creepers, I keep seeing one in my backyard, and finally got some great shots of him/her. 🙂
Lucky you to have a creeper in your backyard. They like big trees as far as I can tell. They can be pretty elusive so I’m surprised at how many I have seen lately. Meaning usually one at a time. 🙂